The Bachelor of Natural Medicine offers courses in science and the healing arts, to cover modern evidence-based practice underpinned by naturopathic philosophy. Naturopathic philosophy defines the way naturopaths and medical herbalists practise.
The foundations of naturopathic Philosophy are taught in Principles and Philosophy of Natural Medicine and reinforced throughout the degree. Rongoā Māori Healing Concepts provides a uniquely New Zealand perspective of health. Foundations of Research teaches basic academic skills alongside the skills of consuming clinical research, essential throughout the whole degree.
Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2 provide the basis of knowledge on how the body functions, built upon in Year Two in Pathophysiology 1 and 2, with the study of abnormal function – illness and disease.
Herbal knowledge, which requires a knowledge of how the body functions, is taught in Herbal Medicine 1 and 2. Biochemistry of Foods outlines the biochemical processes underpinning the study of nutrition, expanded upon in the second year through Nutrition 1 and 2. Herbal medicine and nutrition are applied in Therapeutics 1 and 2, where students look at specific conditions from a naturopathic perspective.
Safety is of paramount importance in clinical practice, so Pharmacology and Pharmacognosy focuses upon biochemical processes in the body and how herbs and nutrients might interact with pharmaceutical medicines. Learning how to transform naturopathy/herbal medicine knowledge into running a business is addressed in Managing a Professional Practice. A further course focussed on safety is Differential Diagnosis and Physical Examination which has a medical emphasis, to ensure that new practitioners will recognise any serious conditions which need referral.
Massage and MindBody, which looks into the mindbody connection and the effect it has on health are taught in the final year. PreClinic prepares students for clinical practice from very practical procedures to the clinical reasoning of cases. There are four Clinical Practice courses based in our Paua Clinic where students see clients and bring together all their prior knowledge to build confidence, and become safe and competent. When students begin their clinical practice, their feedback confirms that they realise the relevance of each of the courses in the degree and how they all come together to complete their learning.